A former Dons star is set to start a new career as a financial advisor at an Aberdeen firm.
Russell Anderson will leave professional sport next month to begin a new chapter in his career at Aberdein Considine.
The 38 year old retired from football in 2015 and went into a business development role at Pittodrie.
Russell said: “I have been involved in full-time football in some capacity for 23 years – but I feel now is the right time for a fresh challenge.”
The cup-winning defender first set his sights on an alternative vocation to football after suffering an injury not long after breaking into the Aberdeen first-team in 1999.
He said: “I guess I have always been a bit different in that even at a very early stage in my career, I felt it was important to plan for life after football.
“I suffered a bad injury when I was 21 which kept me out for more than a year.
“Whilst my main focus at the time was obviously my recovery, it made me very aware that I might not always be able to rely on football to make a living.
“At around the same time, my eldest son Jevan was born – and as any parent will tell you, once you have a child to provide for, your mindset changes.
“So, from that point, I knew I needed to have a plan in place for when I could no longer play football, so I started training to become a financial adviser.”
During a five year stint playing in England, which include a £1 million move to Sunderland, Russell continued to complete a financial planning course he’d started in the Granite City.
Allan Gardner, financial service director at Aberdein Considine, said Russell’s arrival was a coup for the firm.
He said: “We were not the only firm interested in securing Russell’s services, so I am delighted he has agreed to join us.
“He is well-known across Scotland and his professional approach to everything he does makes him a fantastic addition to our talented team.”